Packers sit 33 players due to poor field conditions in Canada

By Matt Johnson
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If any football fans in Canada went to IG Field in Winnipeg hoping to see some of the Green Bay Packers top starters, they’ll be seriously disappointed after the team scratched 33 players in light of poor field conditions.

A hole in the south end zone, where the field goal post was moved out from, created a hazardous field condition that resulted in both teams ruling out their starters.

Rodgers warmed up with several other starters with less than an hour before kickoff, but the hole in the end zone couldn’t be repaired and Green Bay ruled out 33 players as a result.

The situation resulted in both sides agreeing to turn it into an 80-yard field by moving the pylons further in at the 10-yard line to avoid the hole.

While attendance for the game should still be fairly strong, this is already a disastrous outcome for the NFL.

Given Green Bay’s preseason schedule ends on Aug. 29 against the Kansas City Chiefs, many of its starters will have gone the entire preseason without appearing in a game.